Announced during Aniplex Online Fest 2021, the next Sword Art Online movie is coming to Japanese theaters on October 30, 2021.
Fully titled Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night, a new key visual for the film was revealed. As seen in the tweet from the anime’s official Twitter account, the new visual shows Asuna, Kirito, and the brand-new character Mito striking a pose. While a date for its Japan release was revealed, information for its US release has yet to be shared. However, details are said to be “coming soon.”
#NEWS Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night announces a new key visual and release date in Japan at Aniplex Online Fest! ✨
More information regarding the U.S. release will be coming soon!
— Sword Art Online (@SwordArtUSA) July 4, 2021
Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night serves as a re-telling of the popular series’ Aincrad arc. The original story was written by Reki Kawahara and spans seven volumes.
The upcoming Sword Art Online movie hails from A-1 Productions. Ayako Kono makes their directorial debut, with Kento Toya handling its character design, and Yuki Kajiura composing the film’s music. Yasuyuki Kai will serve as the action director.
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu will reprise their roles as Kirito and Asuna respectively. The new Sword Art Online character Mito will be voiced by Inori Minase. They are known for their work on Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-.
Sword Art Online originally was a self-published web novel series by Kawahara that released back in 2002. The Japanese light novel series, which was written by Kawahara and illustrated by abec, was first published by Dengeki Bunko in 2009. The anime television adaptation made its debut in December 2012.